A Letter From Our SGES Academic Director Lorea Weckert

Thank you for your interest in our Reggio Emilia-inspired St. Gabriel Episcopal School.

St. Gabriel School Academic Director Lorea Weckert in Community Garden

As a constructivist, emergent, and Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool and prekindergarten we serve diverse learners and families in the Bethany area of Portland, Oregon. We welcome learners age 3 to 5 years old with two classrooms rich with materials for exploration and learning and a large outdoor playground with natural materials. Just like our classrooms, our school garden and outdoor play area function as a “third teacher” to allow for continued constructivist learning outside in nature.

As a Reggio Emilia-influenced, child-led school we engage learners in collaboration and co-research to allow for the children’s big questions to emerge. Teachers observe and document the work of the learners and present the traces of their explorations in Preschool students Reggio Emilia provocation at St. Gabriel Episcopal Schoolportfolios to create living archives. We strive to have a multicultural, inclusive, and democratic classroom. We want all learners to have a voice and to use it to make decisions every day within their communities.

Our preschool and prekindergarten are structured to afford learners possibilities to further their social, emotional, cognitive, artistic, and physical development by providing a strong foundation in literacy, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), music, problem solving, and critical thinking.

If you would like your child to experience the excitement for learning that you will find in our Reggio Emilia-influenced program at SGES and to join a wonderful community of parents, teachers and children please contact me to arrange a tour for you and your child at lorea@stgabrielschoolpdx.com or text the school at 503-928-1359. We would love to meet you and your new learner!

——Lorea Weckert/Academic Director St. Gabriel Episcopal School/Preschool and Prekindergarten

Community building at St. Gabriel prekindergarten